Mel Ruzzi, a veteran coach with 12 years of experience, joined the Yale Women’s Hockey staff on July 1, 2018.
Ruzzi joins Yale after a six-year stint at Providence College where she helped the program reach a PairWise ranking of 10th as the Associate Head Coach. She worked primarily with the defense, helping Whitney Dove win the Hockey East Rookie of the Year Award in 2017. She also coached a pair of skaters who finished the 2016-17 season in the top 10 in scoring among blueliners.
Ruzzi has been very involved in USA Hockey, serving as a coach for its development camp since 2006. In addition, she has been the director of the USA Hockey’s multi-district camp for the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Districts since 2017.
The Burnsville, Minn., native graduated from Providence College in 2003 after a decorated career as a defenseman. She also served as team captain.
During her playing career, Ruzzi helped lead the Friars to the ECAC Eastern title in 2002 and the inaugural Women’s Hockey East crown in 2003. She served as captain of the 2002-03 team, earning Hockey East Honorable Mention status and the team’s Coaches’ Award. In her career, she played in 141 games, fourth on the Friars’all-time list, and accounted for 13 goals, 38 assists and 51 points.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Providence, Ruzzi spent two seasons (2004-2006) as an assistant coach with Amherst College, where she helped the Lord Jeffs to their first conference title and reach the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
Ruzzi then spent four (2006-2010) seasons on Katey Stone’s staff at Harvard, helping lead the Crimson to its eighth NCAA tournament appearance in 2010.